Why do cats put their butts in your face? If you thought this was an accident and that your cat was just clumsy, think again, they do it on purpose. Let’s figure out why they do it.

Cats want to show you friendship and affection. One way to do this is to show you their butt and place it in your face to have a good sniff at it. In nature, cats let other cats sniff their butt to smell the scent and figure out more about them. It is meant as a means for socializing, trust, and affection.

Let’s examine this subject a bit more

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Finally, my cat decides to come near me, then on my chest, purring. Now, I can pet him and enjoy a bit of purring and kisses… until he decides the turnaround and puts his butt on my face while sitting on me.

What to do now?

I can try to turn him, but he is so spoiled that if he doesn’t get what he wants, he will go away, and I want to stay with him. Or I can pet him anyway and aim his butt a little bit to the right or left. His majesty allows me to see his butt, and I should be happy!

In nature, if I were another cat, he would come to me with the tail upwards, rub against me to leave all his scent on me, and then a final touch he would show me his butt and let me smell it.

In his universe, this is not an offense but an offer of affection and love. He wants to show you that he really likes you and wants to leave his scent on you. Therefore while for humans, it is an offensive act, for cats, it is the opposite.

You may have seen it when a cat meets another cat. They usually start to smell their butt. Dogs do similar things.

But when a cat smells another cat’s butt, it is to say “hello” and understand from the smell things about the other cat.

Therefore, when they want to greet you, they show you the butt, thinking that you, like any other cat, want to say hello, but smelling their rear end! It is like a handshake.

The scent from the rear end of a cat is a sort of communication between cats.


Here are some funny things to know about cats showing their butts:

  • Why does my cat sleep with his bum towards me?

One of the reasons for this behavior is that he trusts you, and he doesn’t have to guard his back since you are there.

If you have observed your cat, he always tries to sleep with his back against the wall, where he can’t be attacked, and he rests from where he can see the room, either from a tall place or a corner.

Basically, you are his wall and his security guard!

  • Why do cats put their bum on you?

Same as above, you are supposed to sniff it and socialize. Deep inside, aren’t you a cat? Or at least you should behave like a cat.

  • Do cats butt holes touch the ground when they sit?

Well, pretty much, yes. Some cats have longer fur, so it is not a problem, some other cats are not that lucky, and they do touch the floor with their rear end! It doesn’t seem they mind at all.

  • Do cats bums spread bacteria when sitting on a table with their butt flat on it?

Unfortunately, since they use it to poop, that area is not really cleaned. Cats usually are clean creatures. They spend most of their day cleaning themselves up. But for sure, their bum has had contact with poop.

If you are worried about it, just make sure you clean often and disinfect surfaces before eating or cooking. It is a small price to pay for our babies.

  • Why do cats act weird when you scratch the base of their tail?

They enjoy the touch; it is like you tickle them. My cat likes it a lot. In fact, I use to pet him and scratch him at the base of the tail. He likes it so much that sometimes he even rolls over when I continue to do it.

  • Why does a cat lick another cats bum?

It is a similar question as ” Why do cats put their butts in your face?”.

As disgusting as it may seem, this is actually a good sign of cats bonding. When I first saw my cat doing it with the other cat, I was tempted to stop him, but then I realized that most probably they would also do it when I could not look.

So in nature, if cats do that, it is a good sign of friendships. Cats leave their scent when doing so, in this way they can recognize their “friend cat” or “family cat.”

  • Why does my older cat lick my kittens bum?

Well, the old cat decided to be the mom of the kitten. Mom cat needs to lick the kitten’s bum to make them poop or pee. When they are very young, kittens need mom’s intervention to go to the bathroom.

  • Why do cats not get sick from licking themselves?

Cats have an immune system prepared to handle most things they fond around; their mechanism is built to stay clean and groom themselves without getting sick, even if this means cleaning their private parts.

  • What does it mean when a cat cleans itself in front of you?

Well, this may be a sort of communication from your cat that he doesn’t want to be touched. Never happened to you that you are petting your cat, and immediately after your touch, he starts licking himself?

The reason for this is that he is annoyed and doesn’t want to be touched. Additionally, when you touched him, you left a scent on him, he is trying to clean it off. Bad news, he is telling you to stop annoying him.

  • Cat Poop & Diarrhea Stuck To Fur, what can I do?

Poop can be stuck on your cat’s fur, especially if the cat is a long hair type. My cat, Coco, sometimes gets into this situation.

I usually take some wipes with soap and water, and I clean him only at his rear end. Sometimes I use towels ( he has his towels), I make them wet and use them to clean him out.

Whatever you use, you should help your cat clean poop or diarrhea when it gets stuck on his fur.


Why do cats put their butts in your face? Well, now it is not so strange anymore. If you have another question, please leave it in the comments below.